Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets-Brooklyn Nets pre-game report

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has been problematic for the Charlotte Hornets to guard in the past.
Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has been problematic for the Charlotte Hornets to guard in the past. Getty Images

Hornets vs. Nets

Time Warner Cable Arena, 7 p.m.

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Nets

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G, K. Walker

18.1

3.7

G, D. Williams

13.0

3.0

G, G. Henderson

11.7

3.3

G, M. Brown

4.0

2.0

F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist-

11.0

7.5

F, J. Johnson

15.0

4.8

F, TBD

F, T. Young

14.2

5.1

C, A. Jefferson

16.9

8.6

C, B. Lopez

15.8

7.0

Matchup to Watch

Deron Williams vs. Kemba Walker: Williams has had some huge games against the Hornets in the past, but this has not been a vintage season for him.

Observations

▪ Winner of this game clinches a tiebreaker over the other in the close race for one of the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

▪ The Hornets come home after a five-game road trip to make way for the NCAA tournament.at Time Warner Cable Arena. But this is still a hectic time. Sunday in Minneapolis started a span of five games in seven nights.

Tap-ins

▪ The Hornets have been without power forward Cody Zeller the last two games due to a sprained shoulder. They list him as doubtful for tonight.

▪ Hornets center Al Jefferson missed most of the second half of Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls with a sore knee. He’s listed as probable.

Did you know?

The Nets have one of the top benches in the NBA. Since the All-Star break Brooklyn’s reserves avcerage 45 points per game.

Rick Bonnell

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